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2012: A Year in Review

2012-review2012 has been a major year for news. The Hunger Games was released in theaters, S.O.P.A proved the internet’s power, J.K. Rowling came out with a new and controversial book, The Twilight Saga came to an end, The Hobbit film trilogy began playing in theaters, and so much more.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the largest stories of 2012, that Magnae Famae covered. We also included links to the original article so that you can see the full story, as it was reported.

We also included a bonus… the best Magnae Famae exclusives!

And now, from all of us at Magnae Famae, Happy New Year!

JANUARY

  • The internet protests the S.O.P.A bill. (Image Via Ars Technica)

    The internet protests the S.O.P.A bill. (Image Via Ars Technica)

    The bill S.O.P.A (Stop Online Piracy Act) and P.I.P.A (Protect Intellectual Property Act) are in the process of being brought before the White House. The internet reacts by nearly shutting down the internet. Websites such as Wikipedia and Reddit blacking out entirely. Read More…

  • The Crisis in Syria continues to gain International Attention. Read More…
  • At CES 2012 (Consumer Electronics Show) we see some amazing new technologies, including the OLED TV. Read More…
  • CBC ‘s Marketplace does an investigation into Customer Service at Canadian Retailers. This was one of our most commented articles this year. Read More…
  • The Doomsday Clock moves closer to Midnight, causing panic… and skepticism. Read More…
  • The Costa Concordia ‘flips’ 90 degrees. Read More…
  • Research In Motion (the creators of the Blackberry phone) hires a new CEO, Thorsten Heins. Read More…
  • Libyan protests also gain international attention. Read More…
  • The redesigned Facebook profile, called Timeline begins rolling out to users everywhere. Read More…

FEBRUARY

  • Our first preview of J.K. Rowling's new book. (Screenshot/Magnae Famae from The Blair Partnership)

    Our first preview of J.K. Rowling’s new book. (Screenshot/Magnae Famae from The Blair Partnership)

    Facebook goes Public with a $5 billion IPO. Today shares are worth $25. Read More…

  • Europe has a major snow problem. -35 degrees and 8 feet of snow. Read More…
  • Madonna makes headlines with her half-time show at the Super Bowl. Read More…
  • NDP MP is kicked out of the Canadian Parliament Building for having her baby with her. Read More…
  • We get out first glimpse at Microsoft Office 2013, dubbed as ‘Office 15′. Read More…
  • Windows 8 Consumer Preview is released. Read More…
  • Telus launches their 4G LTE network. Read More…
  • OS X Mountain Lion Preview released by Apple. Read More…
  • Little, Brown and the Blair Partnership announce J.K. Rowling’s New Book. With the announcement, JKRowling.com gets a redesign. Read More…

MARCH

  • The new iPad is "Resolutionary"

    The new iPad is “Resolutionary”

    25 billion apps downloaded from Apple’s App Store. Read More…

  • The 3rd Generation iPad, dubbed the new iPad is announced. Highlights include: a retina display and a good camera. Read More…
  • Invisible Children’s KONY 2012 gains hype internationally. Read More…
  • Apple stock closes at $600, with announcement of 5 million iPads sold. Read More…
  • The Hunger Games is released in theaters, with positive reviews. Read More…
  • The Hunger Games pulls in $214 million in weekend box office sales. Read More…
  • Pottermore Shop opens with Harry Potter ebooks. Read More…
  • Kids Choice Awards 2012 results. Read More…

APRIL 

  • The Hunger Games pulled in $600 million worldwide.

    The Hunger Games pulled in $600 million worldwide.

    North Korea begins plans for a rocket launch. Read More…

  • Lionsgate announces that Mockingjay will be split into two movies. Read More…
  • Gary Ross will not direct Catching Fire due to filming conflicts with Jennifer Lawrence. Read More…
  • Facebook buys Instagram for $1 billion. Read More…
  • Additional information released on J.K. Rowling’s new book including the name and release date. Read More…
  • After a very long beta period, Pottermore opens to the public! Read More…
  • Lionsgate announces that Francis Lawrence will direct Catching Fire. Read More…
  • J.K. Rowling becomes a Freeman of London. Read More…
  • The Hunger Games pulls in $600 million in worldwide box office sales. Read More…

MAY

  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando.

    The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando.

    The famous piece of art called ‘The Scream’ is sold for$119 million. Read More…

  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is coming to Japan. Read More…
  • Blackberry 10 home screen image released. Read More…
  • For a short time, Google Chrome is the most used browser in the world. Read More…

JUNE

  • WWDC 2012

    WWDC 2012

    The complete winners list for the MTV movie awards. Read More…

  • North Korea threatens South Korea with a “merciless, sacred war.” Read More…
  • Over six million LinkedIn passwords compromised and released to the public in a major hack. Read More…
  • I.O.C. announces a partnership with YouTube to stream the Olympics to 64 nations. Read More…
  • The “Canadian Psycho” gains international attention with extradition. Read More…
  • iOS 6 drops support for 3rd Gen. iPod Touch and the original iPad. Read More…
  • Apple announces Retina Macbook Pro, new Macbooks and more at WWDC. Read More…
  • Microsoft announces the new Surface tablet. Read More…
  • Microsoft announces Windows Phone 8. Read More…
  • The historic Egyptian election comes to a close. Read More…
  • Elliot Mall collapse draws national attention. Read More…
  • Apple releases a new Podcasts app. Read More…
  • Google announces new Nexus 7 tablet. Read More…

JULY

  • J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy cover art.

    J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy cover art.

    Cover art released for J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy. Read More…

  • Lionsgate announces release dates for Mockingjay Parts One and Two. Read More…
  • First chapters of Chamber of Secrets open to all users on Pottermore. Read More…
  • Windows 8 to be available on October 26. Read More…
  • Teen Choice Awards 2012 winners. Read More…
  • A Review of the London 2012 Opening Ceremony. Read More…
  • London 2012 Opening Ceremony score sells 10,000 copies. Read More…

AUGUST

  • Olympic Gold!

    Olympic Gold!

    Canada‘s first, and only gold at London 2012. Read More…

  • NASA’s Curiosity rover successfully lands on Mars. Read More…
  • Top earning authors, as complied by Forbes. Read More…
  • The Hunger Games is released on DVD/Blu-Ray. Read More…
  • Donald Sutherland‘s fantastic email to Gary Ross on President Snow. Read More…
  • Microsoft’s unveils new logo. Read More…
  • Samsung owes Apple over $1 billion, says Jury. Read More…

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

  • Apple's mobile collection. (Image via Ciccarese Design)

    Apple’s mobile collection. (Image via Ciccarese Design)

    Danny Strong to write the Mockingjay scripts. Read More…

  • Tim Cook remembers Steve Jobs. Read More…
  • USPS launches same-day delivery service. Read More…
  • Apple announces iPad mini, 4th Gen. iPad, 3 new Macs. Read More…

NOVEMBER

  • (A Presidential Debate) Image via The Telegraph

    A Presidential Debate (Image via The Telegraph)

    Barack Obama re-elected as President of the United States of America. Read More…

  • US #election trends. Read More…
  • Tales of Beedle the Bard released as an ebook. Read More…
  • A Review of the Nexus 4 from Google. Read More…
  • A Review of Breaking Dawn Part 2. Read More…

DECEMBER

  • The Hobbit

    The Hobbit

    CRTC full of 3-year contract complaints. Read More…

  • A Review of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Read More…
  • Prisoner of Azkaban chapters 1-7 released on Pottermore. Read More…
  • The Idle No More movement draw international attention. Read More…

BONUS

MAGNAE FAMAE EXCLUSIVES

  • Magnae Famae provides an exclusive 2-part report on the Education systemRead Part One. Read Part Two.
  • What The Hunger Games marketing strategy did to change the world. Read More…
  • Catching Fire should be split into two movies… not Mockingjay. Read More…
  • Must have free apps for iOS. Read More…
  • How The Hunger Games was taken by the critics. Read More…
  • Interview with the Canadian Business Recognition and Complaints Board, on their new project VOICEMATTER. Read More…
  • 8 Pros and Cons for Windows 8. Read More…
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Prisoner of Azkaban Chapters 1-7 now available on Pottemore

pottermore-poa-1-mfAs planned, December 20th was the release date of the first few chapters of  the third Harry Potter book on Pottermore, called Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Pottermore released chapters 1-7 which include,

  • Owl Post
  • Aunt Marge’s Big Mistake
  • The Knight Bus
  • The Leaky Cauldron
  • The Dementor
  • Talons and Tea Leaves
  • The Boggart in the Wardrobe

Two special pieces of content we’re released by J.K. Rowling including pieces on ‘Aunt’ Marge Dursley, The Knight Bus, Sir Cadogan, and Professor Kettleburn.

There isn’t really anything all that exciting from these seven chapters. What did you think about them?

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Prisoner of Azkaban coming to Pottermore on December 20!

B3C6M3_Animation_01SM_cropped (1)The Pottermore Insider has confirmed that Pottermore users will get to read the first few chapters of Prisoner of Azkaban, the third book in the Harry Potter series, on December 20th, 2012.

They also released a still, which can be seen on the right from one of the chapters we will get to explore. This particular one is of Harry, Hermione, and Ron at their first Care of Magical Creatures class with Hagrid.

The Insider also reminds us Pottermore users to make sure that we have all of the supplies from of second-year school list in order to gain access.

As Pottermore picks up speed with their releases (Prisoner of Azkaban is here only two months after releasing Chamber of Secrets), maybe we can hope for Deathly Hallows before 2020! What book are you most looking forward to from Pottermore? Leave a comment below.

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Pottermore CEO talks about final chapters of ‘Chamber of Secrets’

Pottermore has been full of secrets lately, but they finally let slip when Chamber of Secrets’ final chapters would be released online.

We can expect them by the end of the month, he said.

Charlie Redmayne also spoke about the Digital Pottermore, and their plans for the future.

“Most publishers see digital publishing as creating e-books or, perhaps, enhanced e-books, but Pottermore looked at every single platform—e-books, browser-based experiences, social network, apps, game consoles, in-flight entertainment, YouTube, and educational platforms—to see if and how it could work for our brand,” said Redmayne. “Publishers have often thought that filmmakers or gaming companies have the rights to the more valuable properties, but we have the rights to the stories and that has immense value.”

-Charlie Redmayne; CEO of Pottermore

Apps? Count me in!

Along with all of this, he also announced that they are working on a “Games hub,” to get the users coming back. That is a big problem with Pottermore right now. They are getting a lot of one-time hits. People come, go through the chapters, read the J.K. Rowling content, and leave. They don’t come back until they hear on Magnae Famae that more chapters have been released.

How long until Deathly Hallows? Any guesses?

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The next Pottermore House Cup will be given away in…

The Pottermore Insider has made another surprise announcement to continue to remind us that Pottermore still exists!

Today they announced that the next Pottermore House Cup will be given away to a lucky house in November 2012, with a new prize. It seems that Pottermore still hasn’t decided what this prize will be, as they suggest to give ideas on their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The last House Cup was awarded to Slytherin. They won early access to the first two chapters of Chamber of Secrets. I say that we all suggest early access to Prisoner of Azkaban in it’s entirety.

What do you think the prize should be? (Let’s go Ravenclaw!)

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Pottermore: What to expect in Chamber of Secrets Chapter 8

 

The Pottermore Insider has released more information on upcoming chapters in Chamber of Secrets. Chapter Eight: The Deathday Party involves Harry, Ron and Hermione being invited, and attending Headless Nick’s Deathday Party (as you may know from reading the Harry Potter books).

In Chapter Eight, we will get to unlock content from J.K. Rowling on Peeves (the poltergeist who never made the movies).

No release date has been announced… stay tuned to Magnae Famae for more Pottermore news.

 

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Chamber of Secrets now open to all in Pottermore!

Rejoice! Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets has just opened to all, well the first few chapters. As we reported yesterday, the first few chapters (1 to 4) were open to Slytherin students in advanced for wining the house cup.

Here are some of the highlights of these chapters.

 - A game to keep Aunt Petunia’s cake afloat in the air.
- New material from J.K. Rowling on technology in the wizarding world.
- A game to remove the gnomes from the Weasley’s garden.
- New material from J.K. Rowling about the Malfoy family.

Below are some screenshots of the chapters.

Chapters 5 to 11 will be available shortly.

So, what do you think of Chamber of Secrets? Leave a comment below.

Enjoy!

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Pottermore launches first chapters of Chamber of Secrets for Slytherin members

As you may know, Slytherin won the Pottermore House Cup just about a week ago. Their special prize is early access to the first few chapters of Chamber of Secrets… 24 hours before anyone else.

“Chapters 5 to 11 will be added shortly,” Pottermore adds.

Hypable is reporting some of the Highlights of the Chapters that can be seen below;

HIGHLIGHTS from Chapters 1 – 4:
- A game to keep Aunt Petunia’s cake afloat in the air.
- New material from J.K. Rowling on technology in the wizarding world.
- A game to remove the gnomes from the Weasley’s garden.
- New material from J.K. Rowling about the Malfoy family.

Unfortunately,  I’m in Ravenclaw (yay!), so I can’t see the chapters… yet.